Discover the leader in you! Our Leader in Training (LIT) group is made up of exceptional young women who share the spirit of teamwork, adventure and individual challenge, while working closely with senior counselors. Young women entering the 12th grade that exhibit leadership potential are selected to participate in this unique program. LITs will live in the cabins to learn from counselors. They will also lead activities, learn about group dynamics, and participate for 5 weeks, with the option of an additional week-long backpacking trip at Pictured Rocks!
LIT Session 2020
*Applications & References due Feb 1st by 5pm*
Oak- the LIT experience
June 23rD-AUGUST 3rd………….$400
Includes: LIT Training (with First Aid & CPR Certification, & four Weeks “hands on experience” as a counselor.
Pictured Rocks trip:
June 23rd-JUne 29th………$410
Includes: A five day, four night backpacking trip to Pictured Rocks. You can find more info about PiRo HERE. We provide all gear, food, and transportation for the trip.
We do provide scholarships for our LIT program. Scholarships are based on household income level.
Special Note to Parents
As an LIT, your daughter is moving into a new phase at Camp Newaygo. The LIT applicant should be the one to fill out the application, but we would love for you to offer edits or advise on the application for her. We ask that SHE take the lead on all communications with Camp Newaygo. It’s a great idea for her to get a professional email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) to practice for job interviews and professional communications. She will also need to have a clean social media profile. We hope this is something you can help her achieve. We certainly welcome any questions you have about the program – but to make this leadership training effective, we ask that you help give her a chance to lead. Thanks!
Check In/Out Times
- Pictured Rocks: Check in is Sunday June 23rd at 12pm *Lunch is provided on this day*
- LIT training: Check in is Sunday June 30th 12pm *Lunch will not be provided on this day*
- Check out : August 3rd, after the staff banquet (7pm or later)
“This summer has the potential to be the best summer of your life, as it was for me.” -Fran Kay, 2011 LIT
“You pour all of your love and energy in the process of not only empowering girls, but growing up to be a better version of yourself.” -Jane Clinger, 2011 LIT
“Over the course of the summer I thought a lot about what makes a great counselor. I came to the conclusion that one quality preceded all others in importance. And that quality was to simply care truly and always. To really care about their mosquito bites and bruises, their lost pen and torn teddy bear. Because they will not remember these things, but what they will remember forever is the look in your eyes and how much you cared when you comforted them.”- Mira Hager, 2008 LIT